Many people replace typical sit-down-to-eat meals with vegan meal replacement powders, which are used in smoothies to substitute for a standard meal. Though some of these raw meal replacement powders are used as a way to diet, they can alternatively be used as a simple on-the-go solution to someone with a busy or hectic lifestyle. In my case, they’re much more cost-efficient than buying animal-based sources of protein and supplements that contain less concentrated nutrients per serving. I'm all about eating whole foods, but let's be honest. We are busy people and sometimes, we need a quick solution to get in high nutrition. This is where high-quality meal replacement comes in handy, and I'm not talking about those programs that advertise products full of additives, that lack vitamins and minerals, or contain excess salts, additives, fillers and sugar. These are not the type of meal replacements I use, or ones that I’m going to share with you. Instead, I’m going to show you my favorite vegan meal replacement powders that have no stimulants, most are organic and/or raw, they have no MSG, are gluten-free, soy-free, added-sugar free and dairy-free. These powders should be used in a whole foods smoothie, or mixed with your favorite nondairy milk, nonfat organic regular milk, or even organic yogurt. I chose my favorite vegan meal replacement powders based on quality, taste and nutrition. Enjoy!
1. Garden of Life Raw Meal
Garden of Life’s Raw Meal is hands down one of my top favorite vegan meal replacement powders. First, it contains a whopping 17 grams of protein in one scoop, which is only ½ a serving. In this same size serving, you’re getting superfoods like sea veggies such as spirulina, chlorella, and superfruits like gogi, acai, and blueberries. Also included in Raw Meal is the amazing probiotic complex and sprouts blend, containing only live sprouted grains and seeds. The probiotics in Garden of Life’s Raw Meal are ones that I credit healing my digestion, sugar cravings and overall IBS. I also credit this meal replacement to keeping me full longer than normal protein powders do, as well as giving me plenty of energy throughout the day. Lastly, it contains 100% of all the required vitamin and minerals for the day, digestive enzymes to aid in digestion, and a great source of fiber to help with regularity. Not only is it 100% raw and vegan, but it is also low in natural sugars and completely gluten, dairy, and GMO-free. It also has no fillers of any kind, additives or preservatives. Raw Meal comes in six flavors including the Unflavored Original, Chocolate, Vanilla, Vanilla Chai Spice, and two of the newest flavors, Yerba Mate and Coffee flavors, which will hit the market in fall 2013. You can learn more at gardenoflife.com.